if the cap fits (wear it)

if the cap fits (wear it) british mainly spoken phrase
used for saying that if someone thinks that a general criticism you have made is true about them, they should accept the criticism

‘He as good as called me a slob!’ ‘Well, if the cap fits...’

Thesaurus: ways of making or receiving criticism or blamehyponym to criticize, accuse or blamesynonym
Main entry: cap

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • if the cap fits(, wear it) — if the cap fits (, wear it) idiom (BrE) (NAmE if the shoe fits (, wear it)) (informal) if you feel that a remark applies to you, you should accept it and take it as a warning or criticism • …   Useful english dictionary

  • if the cap fits wear it —    You can say if the cap fits, wear it to let someone know that the critical remark they have just heard applies to them.     Are you referring to me? If the cap fits, wear it! …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • If the cap fits (wear it). — If the cap fits (wear it). British, American & Australian, American something that you say to tell someone that if they are guilty of something bad, they should accept criticism. Look, I didn t say who was to blame for this mess but if the cap… …   New idioms dictionary

  • if the cap fits, wear it — This idiom means that if the description is correct, then it is describing the truth, often when someone is being criticised. ( If the shoe fits, wear it is an alternative) …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • if the cap fits, wear it — Used with reference to the suitability of names or descriptions as demonstrated by the behaviour of the person concerned. Cf. if the shoe fits, wear it. The cap in question was originally a dunce’s cap, as is shown by the following: 1600 N.… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • if the cap fits, wear it —    This idiom means that if the description is correct, then it is describing the truth, often when someone is being criticised. ( If the shoe fits, wear it is an alternative)   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • if the shoe fits, wear it — A predominantly US variant of if the cap fits, wear it. 1773 New York Gazette & Weekly Mercury 17 May Why should Mr. Vanderbeek apply a general comparison to himself? Let those whom the shoe fits wear it. 1876 W. G. NASH Century of Gossip 125 If… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • if the shoe fits(, wear it) — if the shoe fits (, wear it) idiom (NAmE) (BrE if the cap fits (, wear it)) if you feel that a remark applies to you, you should accept it and take it as a warning or criticism Main entry: ↑shoeidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • if the cap fits — (or if the cap fits, wear it) Brit used to say that something said about a person is true and the person should accept it as true They may not like being called careless, but if the cap fits, wear it. [=(US) if the shoe fits, wear it] • • • Main… …   Useful english dictionary

  • if the shoe fits — see ↑shoe, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑fit if the shoe fits (or if the shoe fits, wear it) US used to say that something said or suggested about a person is true and that the person should accept it as true “Are you calling me a cheater?” “Well, if the… …   Useful english dictionary

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